Monday, March 31, 2008

Inspiration: Industrial Fashion

Before I present the Exalted Beauty Mindworks collection, I thought I’d share some fun fashion trends that ignited my imagination. Today’s inspiration is Industrial Fashion!

"Industrial Fashion is a form of
fashion most closely associated with the industrial music scene and is based on styles including punk and military combat uniform aesthetics. Typical items of clothing include combat boots, camo trousers, t-shirts, and sometimes gas masks, goggles, flight jackets, or trenchcoats, straps and buckles, spikes, the colors black and olive being most predominant. Partially or completely buzzed, shaved, undercut, and Bowl-cut hair is common. Body Modification such as piercings may also be associated with the culture, as they may be disliked due to mainstream popularity. The female side of the fashion includes with the above; short skirts, lipgloss and dark eyeliner. Metallic and or Futuristic elements are often incorporated into the overall look, but isn't needed, as most "Hardcore" Rivetheads consider this "Trendy" and dub them "Cybergoths". Colorful synthetic pony falls / hair extensions and colorful vinyl are an example of "CyberGoth" wear."
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Industrial Fashion image shown above is from Leeds Photography




Industrial Fashion image shown above is from Industrial Adornment


I think it’s important to keep in mind that while a particular style may not be your *thing* there will always be something to gain from the exposure to new and different fashion trends. The more we observe, the more we experience as individuals/artists/designers, the more vocabulary we obtain to speak with our own distinctive inner voice. See what’s out there, collect ideas, combine genres and invent something new and completely you!

Tonka and the Herd















Saturday, March 29, 2008

AVA Auction

Today marks the opening day of AVA Gallery and Art Center’s Silent Auction 2008!
Here is what I donated:



Square 7” [The Garden Room]

By Amy E. Fraser
Acrylic Painting, 8.25” x 8.25” on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

The exhibition of artwork generously donated by the region’s finest artists as well as goods and gift certificates from area businesses will be on display at AVA Gallery and Art Center’s newly renovated Carter-Kelsey Building on 11 Bank Street, Lebanon NH, March 29 - April 5, 2008.

Early Bird Bidding takes place between 11am - 5pm, March 29 - April 5. Final Bidding takes place at the Silent Auction Party held on Saturday April 5, 2008, 5:30-7:30.


The proceeds from the Silent Auction, AVA’s primary annual fundraiser, help support every aspect of their art programming and mission. This is a really great cause! Hope to see you there!

So Much For Spring!

Just when I thought Spring was on it’s way…
Look at what Mother Nature dropped on us!







Here’s Tonka in the studio window:



The expression on his face sums up how I feel about Spring Snow!

New Hampshire broke the record for the most snowfall in one season in the last 100 years.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Vanished!

No, silly, I just became extremely consumed by the creation of my latest Exalted Beauty Medallion collection!

The Muse had me rethinking the tools I collected last summer from Man Land:



There has been a continued interest in the Exalted Beauty Amulet collection (created with impressions of the tools collected from Man Land):



So it had me thinking… But while I was happy with the unexpected ancient looking results, I never quite accomplished my goal of creating a collection that felt “sleek, industrial and very modern”. That desire has continued to nag at me. And according to recent fashion forecasts the Industrial look will remain popular this season.



Steampunk, Clockpunk and Bio-Mechanical are also emerging to the forefront as hot new fashion trends. But with those words in play, I have a feeling you will be anticipating something completely different then what actually happened. Stay tuned because I plan to provide the first look at the Exalted Beauty Mindworks collection very soon!
:)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Lifespark

Here is the Exalted Beauty Lifespark Collection:




Here is a closer look at the Lifespark finish:



So what do you think? Did these turn out Naughty or Nice?
I think: Nice. I am very pleased with the end result and I am not at all focused on the *suggestiveness* of the organic shape. I feel as though the monochromatic color range succeeded in unifying the organic to the geometric. And after surveying a larger audience I am VERY encouraged by the female response. Apparently not everyone has their mind in the gutter! I especially liked Erin’s comment about these looking like fetuses. I can see that, and as she suggested, it still works with the Lifespark title. Brilliant! Not to mention, the fetal interpretation of these organic shapes is much more in tune with my lifetime of creating feminist imagery. However, as I said, it is impossible to control the viewer’s perception. Lynn and The Mr. did an impromptu survey of random co-workers to gauge their first response to the painted Lifespark pieces; the majority of the MEN thought sperm. Of course they did!

So, er, after all of this *interpretive controversy* I think I will hold off on completing the Exalted Beauty Liquid Medallions:



These are obviously the next evolution from Lifespark, experimenting with just the organic. I actually like these a lot, but I think I’m going to wait to see what my ladies think of the Lifespark pieces first! However, it looks like it is going to be a while before I will find out because I have been totally sidetracked into making ANOTHER new collection! I will finish the Lifespark backs (and the beading and cataloging) as soon as I get all of these other medallions out of my system! Stay tuned!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Introducing Lifespark

Here is the first look at the Exalted Beauty Lifespark collection (in progress):





Let me just say that as frequently as I contemplate the beauty and meaning of the cycle of life; the *reproductive* aspect of these new medallion designs didn’t hit me until I was about halfway finished sculpting them! My (completely innocent) objective was to create a new medallion collection similar to Sparkling Elegance. I was consciously thinking of strong classic lines with a bit of sparkle and a dash of whimsy.

The collection title “Lifespark” gives a nod to the original inspiration Sparkling Elegance while also acknowledging (and even celebrating) the potential sperm interpretation. Yeah, I know, why not just ignore it? As an artist (with a background in Art History and Philosophy), I feel it is our responsibility as creators to be aware of the outside interpretations of our work. Once an art piece leaves the artist, the creator’s meaning and intent are disregarded. All that remains is the viewer’s perception.


What do you think? Is it better to warn your customers of what others *might* think of your work, or just let them come to their own conclusions? Of course not EVERYONE will immediately jump to the *Lifespark* conclusion, but if my friends and family are any indication… (No more Pearl Jam comments please!). In my case, I would rather point out this particular interpretation in order to allow the buyer to make an informed choice, rather then regretting their purchase later. I think the women who wear my medallions are confident women who have both a fun sense of humor and a strong sense of their sexuality. I doubt the potential interpretation will have any influence over their decision to purchase if they love the designs.

In the end I think it will be the finish that makes or breaks this collection; I have a feeling there will be a fine line between naughty and nice...

Friday, March 07, 2008

Origin in the Sun

Yesterday’s photographic presentation of the Origin collection was less three dimensional then I had hoped. I don’t think the scanner really did this collection justice. So, I re-shot them in sunlight, from a different perspective, attempting to better represent their true depth of color and texture. Here are new images of the Exalted Beauty Origin Medallions:







What do you think?

Coming up next, I’ll be presenting another new medallion collection in progress entitled *Lifespark*. Some of you may find the new pieces to be a bit *shocking*. Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Origin Collection




I imagined the Origin medallions as a collection of lost gold treasure that has been discovered washed upon shore; treasures that speak of power, mystery and history. As if arriving from distant places unknown, these ancient and sacred pieces became more beautiful by the ravages of time, earth and sea. Origin: a collection inspired by daydreams.

Overall, I really like how the Origin collection came together. I have been intrigued by the corroded/weathered effects in my painting recently and was interested in translating that essence into a jewelry design. The raised sand textured spiral motif juxtaposed against the sleek timeless shapes felt like the perfect solution for my desire to combine both geometric and organic. The result is a collection of medallions that are unique and distinctive with out being over the top.

My Step-Mother commented that Origin looked like the child of the Antique Gold and the Prophecy collections. I agree and must admit that I am still searching to create a new but comparable design style to compete with the Antique Gold collection’s continued popularity. However, I think the Exalted Beauty Origin collection is definitely in its own genre. With its bold texture and weathered elements, the Origin Medallions will appeal to those looking for something truly original. I can picture the Origin medallions with everything from shorts and t-shirts and summer dresses to jewel toned evening wear. The rich golden brown of the weathered antiqued gold will be a fabulous complement to summer tans and sun streaked hair and later serve well as a warm earthy accent to the upcoming fall fashions.

Sunset





Speaking of Spring, can you tell that the sun is setting in a new spot? Pretty soon it will dissapear behind our neighbors pine trees and I won't be able to see those amazing displays I subjected you to all winter. :) I will really miss seeing those beautiful sunsets, but at this point, I will gladly trade it for some warm weather and spring flowers!

Meadow Deer







As you can see from these pictures, it is still very much WINTER here! This has been one of the hardest winters we have experienced in a long time. I was told that if we receive another foot of snow, it will be a record breaking year! Argh! Well, at least the deer are still able to find food and remain healthy. I predict that there will be a lot of fawns around here soon. I can't wait for spring!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Party Reports!

Wow! It has been a BUSY couple of weeks here at the Exalted Beauty studio! Between the painting deadlines and getting organized for the parties I barely knew which end was up! Oh dear! Lynn (the fabulous Exalted Beauty Sales Representative and my overall savior) and I are still recovering from the back to back Exalted Beauty Medallion Sunday Brunches. Both parties were lots of fun and very successful in different ways. Heather’s party was PACKED, resulting in a lot of sales; while the Mer’s squared was a bit quiet and less attended due to an overwhelming case of group cold and flu, but it did lead to more party bookings. So overall, a great couple of weeks! After these events I feel as though I have a better grasp of what my Exalted Beauties will be interested in for future medallion collections. In listening to what they said and comparing that to what was purchased, I’m seeing a definite tendency toward abstracts, probably a 2 to 1 ratio of abstract to flower medallion sales. In general, there is a continued interest in, as well as strong feedback (from my ladies and their admirers) on the older Black and Antique Gold Collections as well as the newer Sparkling Elegance Collection (which as of now is SOLD OUT). Blue was BY FAR the most purchased color of the two parties (across the board in all collections). The Rounds (from all collections) are still a huge hit. The Animal Medallions did *okay* but I’m still waiting to present them to the horse women before I pass judgment on their *sale-ability*. I suspect that the Animals will fall into the *character piece* category with the Countenance and Darkling Collections, which have had a slow but consistent sales rate. Speaking of *character pieces*, I’m very happy to report that two Uterus Medallions found new homes with brave, bold beauties! Yay! I’m so proud! My wonderful patrons never stop surprising me with their open minds and their fun and sophisticated sense of fashion. These ladies are always quick of wit and ready to laugh. Spending time with them, and actually seeing everyone wear the medallions I made, makes me so happy and reminds me of why I do what I do; there really is no greater satisfaction. I know, corny, and probably horribly egotistical, but true! What can I say? It is nice to be appreciated! Anyway – that’s my report! All of this positive feedback has really inspired me and I have already begun working on a couple of new medallion collections! My brain is bursting with ideas! So stay tuned! I’ll be presenting new work very soon!

N.A.W.A. Submission

Here is what I submitted to the latest N.A.W.A. exhibition competition*Art Envisions Science* at the New York Hall of Science:



“Botanical Bioform Set 1”
By
Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: Matted and Framed 21” x 21”



“Botanical Bioform Set 2”
By
Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: Matted and Framed 21” x 21”

As you can see, my submission consists of two four blocks of the Garden Room Squares. Much to my surprise, there was a size minimum of 16” x 20”. One of the top submission suggestions for this competition was Botanical Paintings so I had hoped to submit some of the most recent Garden Room Squares, but 8.25” x 8.25” wasn’t going to make the size minimum. Very disappointing, but after some initial frustration over the news, unwilling to just forget about it, I gave it some thought and made some calls. Thankfully I received the answers I wanted to hear. I was given the OK by N.A.W.A headquarters to combine some of my smaller paintings together to be considered as one piece. Yay! Then I contacted my fabulously talented cousin Heather from Bean’s and she assured me that it would be a snap to design a custom mat to fit my specifications. Yay! Then, last but not least, I ordered some custom frames that arrived here Friday… but that I have been way too busy (and too nervous?) to open! So hopefully it will all work out, now I just need to get accepted. Oh yeah, that! Um, can someone tell me WHY I am adding all of this extra stress to my life? Ugh. I promised myself I was going to wait until Caden entered Kindergarten… but a year and a half seems so very far away…

So what do you think of my entries?

I’ll let you know what happens, either way, as soon as I receive notification. Wish me luck!